Glossary

Archived – Archive is the last stage in the life-cycle of a workitem in the value-stream and contains completed cards(Stories/ Defects/ issues). This stage can’t be modified. The lead/ cycle time of a story is calculated when it is archived from the Kanban board.

Backlog – Backlog is a notional placeholder/ view which shows a consolidated list of workitems ( User Stories/ Defects/ Issues) which are to be worked upon.

Blocked – Blocked is an indicator on the board that there is a problem at hand, which needs entire team’s attention.

Blocked Time – This is the duration that the card was in a blocked state on the board.

Card – A card represents a piece of work to be done.

Cumulative Flow Diagram ( CFD) – CFD diagram shows the count of cards in particular state/ lane for each day between a specified duration.

Cycle Time – Cycle time is computed as the time it takes for a card to move from the first lane of the Board( Typically termed ‘Ready’ ) to the archived state. It represents the time a bug/ feature took to get completed, from the time it was prioritized.

Lead Time – Lead time in SwiftEASe is computed as the time it takes for a card to move from the backlog state to the archived state i.e. the time when the card was created to when it was archived. It represents the total time a bug/ feature took to get completed, including the waiting time in the backlog.

Owner – A story/ Defect or Issue’s owner is the person who’s currently assigned to it. Anyone who “pull” a card from the backlog or any waiting lane and moves to working lane becomes the owner of the card in that lane. Such cards on which the user is owner are available in ‘My Inbox’ as well for quick reference.

Wait Time – Wait time in SwiftEASe is computed as the time any card was lying idle in any lane of type ‘Waiting’. It represents the time a bug/ feature was waiting to be pulled from the previous queue.

Work-In-Progress Limit – A Work-In-Progress (WIP) limit is the limit set of the number of cards that can be worked on at any one time, in any lane. This allows people to focus on what’s important and not switch too much between tasks (which creates waste). WIP limits can be set by clicking on the ‘Modify Process’ link on the Kanban board.

Work Time – Work time in SwiftEASe is computed as the time it takes for a card to move In and out of any lane of type ‘Working’. It represents the time a bug/ feature was worked upon, in any of the lanes.